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Armstrong tells Oprah he doped, source says

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Lance Armstrong met with Oprah Winfrey Monday for his first interview after being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

According to the Associated Press, he confessed to Oprah that he did use performance-enhancing drugs.

Before meeting with Oprah in a downtown Austin hotel, Armstrong stopped by the Livestrong Foundation to talk to employees.

"Lance came to the Livestrong Foundation's headquarters today for a private conversation with our staff and offered a sincere and heartfelt apology for the stress they've endured because of him and urged them to keep up their great work fighting for people affected by cancer," a spokesperson for the Livestrong Foundation said.

According to reports the interview was tearful from both sides--Armstrong and Livestrong staff. Armstrong apparently promised to help restore the organization's reputation.

This is really a first for Armstrong who has maintained his innocence. If you'll remember shortly after the US Anti-doping Agency released its report Armstrong tweeted a photo of himself on his couch with his seven Tour de France shirts hanging on the wall behind him.

He is expected to give some sort of confession to Oprah Winfrey Monday. We will know exactly what he said on Thursday when it airs on the OWN channel.

FOX 7 spoke with a PR professional today about what Armstrong should not say if his intentions are winning back the public's trust.

"I think for a long time it was him against not the world, but a lot of people, everyone who he's accusing. I think he needs to take the focus as much off all these other people who have been a part of these allegations and who said he's been doing these things for years and just focus on himself and focus on what he's saying, him admitting it, him being sorry, why he did it and leave everyone else out of it," said Levente Smith, Director of Elizabeth Christian Public Relations

If he did it own it, that's what Levente Smith says will mend some wounds.

Armstrong is expected to stay away from giving any detailed accounts of his involvement with doping or address the allegations in the USADA report.

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